File photo: Self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato.
Senator Richard Gordon might sponsor on the plenary floor within this week, the committee report on alleged cases of extrajudicial killings (EJK) amid the government’s war on drugs.
He said his committee has finished the report and is being distributed to members of the justice committee for their signature.
Gordon revealed that the report included the accounts of witnesses of the Commission on Human Rights.
However, the report will not contain the testimony of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato and his revelations about the so-called Davao Death Squad due to inconsistencies.
They will, nonetheless, recommend cases to file against him in relation to the crimes he confessed to.
Meanwhile, the report also questions how policemen conduct Oplan Tokhang and how this violates the constitutional rights of the drug surrenderers.
“Pinapapunta nila tapos papipirmahin nila ng dati kang drug addict, dati kang ganun. Bawal iyon, hindi dapat iyon,” said Gordon.
(They [police] will summon them [suspected drug users] and make them sign a statement that says, you’re a former addict, that you’re a former this. That’s illegal; it should not be that way.)
“Dapat kung magpapapirma, dapat may abogadong kasama iyon,” he added.
(If there is any signing involved, the ‘surrenderer’ should be accompanied by a lawyer.)
Gordon also recommended that police district commanders be required to file a report every month on the number of deaths related to drugs.
Cases of erring or abusive policemen should also be investigated within 15 days and there should be courts to attend on these.
On the conduct of the hearings by the committee, Sen. Gordon also included the alleged misbehavior of Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes.
“Hindi ko na nilagay na recommended na kasuhan. It will be up to the Senate kung gusto nila mag ethics committee,” clarified Gordon.
(I did not include a recommendation to file charges against them [De Lima and Trillanes]. It will be up to the Senate if they want to take it up with the ethics committee.)
While she has not yet read the committee report, Sen. Leila de Lima said she is ready to submit a dissenting report.
“I am minded to issue, to come up with a dissenting report. Lalo na kung ang (especially if the) conclusion on the EJK is not what I expect it to be,” said De Lima. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News and Rescue